Bière Du Boucanier Dark | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bière Du Boucanier DarkBière Du Boucanier Dark

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 08-17-2004

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Photo of TerryW
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper red with a solid, long-lived monster big head. Leaves behind gobbets of foam as you go. Lots of fun to watch action as you pour, so overall a rather good looking beer.

Nose is heavy and sweet, lots of fruit and malt, bread and a whiff of alcohol. A little on the cloying side for me.

Quite warming to drink. Sweet and sticky, with a noticeable to strong alcohol finish. Not as interesting as some of the other Boucaniers, a little too one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is sweet and dominated by a warm alcohol finish. Decent enough to try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poura a mahogany brown with yeast haze and pretty lame tan head. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is malty with raisins cocoa and alcohol evident. The taste follows suit with a wall of malt taking the lead. Its full of dark malt and graininess, I taste bran flavors. Theres a bit of candy sugar and Belgian yeast esters. Hops are very minimal. The finish is sweet, a bit spicey and warm with alcohol. The alcohol taste is exactly where youd expect it for a 9% beer, not undetectable but not destracting. The mouthfeel is syupy and rather lightly carbonated for a bottle conditioned beer.

This is a tastey Belgian Dark Ale. Its not as tastey as its bigger brother, the Blonde, but its still worth a try.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 11.2 fl.oz (330ml) ‘Duvelian’ style white painted brown glass stubby with a themed label that reflects the brews name. An eye-patch wearing Pirate with his toothless smile dominates the front label whilst in the background wooden barrels and a Buccaneer ship complete the display. A small blue colored neck label has the words ‘Superior Class, From Belgium, East Flanders’; all this is finished with an appropriately color coordinated crown cap. The main label has a generic design and the words ‘Bière du Boucanier’ which appear on all three BdB variants. Only the small text words “Dark Ale” below the larger word Boucanier and “alc. 9% by Vol” differentiate this from the other two “Golden Ale” and ”Red Ale” versions.

Appearance: Ruddy dark brown settles with a nice looking tan colored head which struts its longevity for some time. Gorgeous lacing once the head rests and lays low with a ¼” cloth carpet head. Finely dissolved conditioning.

Nose: Basic odors. Nothing outstanding here. Dark malts, burnt sugars, caramel and molasses, normally these ingredients would be able to muster some decent aromas, but here they are an unorganized mish-mash here.

Taste: Starts with a sickly sticky maltose run which rises into a burnt sugar centre piece and a molasses laden malt finish. Just awful. Far too unbalanced and disjointed. Shocking finish reminded me of Bonfire toffee mixed with caramelized sugars. Very poor structure.

Mouthfeel: The sugary high alcohol is raw and unpleasant. Like a rough Rum mixed with molasses and brown sugar with some cheap Vodka mixed in for bad measure.

Drinkability: A real struggle. I liked the fresh boldness of the 11% BdB Golden Ale (Hit!) and the thrusting spicy-hop character of the 7% BdB Red Ale (Hit!)…..but the middle of the road 9% BdB Dark Ale (MISS!!!) is a big let down and fails to complete the Ménage- a-Trois. After the two earlier BdB versions I expected much more complexity from this one.

Misses by a Mile! Far too sickly and unbalanced, sweet and cloying with a high alcohol rum burn that ultimately detracts. The hard looking Pirate on the label may portray a positive image but what’s in the bottle does not - maybe Queer Eye for the Straight Guy could help out here. This needs more work, a *lot* more work, and I don’t recommend this until it gets a make-over.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz white bottle pours a cloudy dull reddish brown color with a huge light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity plum pudding aroma, sweet plum, caramel, chocolate and raisin flavors. Full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes sweet.

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Photo of neonbrown82
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been sitting on this bottle for quite a while, after having drank it's comrade in a mixed Biere du Boucanier 6 pack (2 each of the Golden, Red, and Dark). Ever since this guy's five crewmen were downed, I've been more or less sick of belgians in favor of hoppier and/or stout beers. I just can't seem to enjoy my old favorites as much anymore, and I think it may have something to do with overkill from these intensely flavored and funky brews.

The beer has an awesome color, I'll give it that. It looks almost like that color changing pearlescent paint on one of those fancy cars... like a shift between ruby red, brown, and gray. The head forms to a decent height of off-white fine champagne-like bubbles, quickly receding to the edges where the carbonation shimmers up to the surface.

The smell a mixture of intense belgian candi sugar sweetness and equally intensely tartness from dark berries and fruits. Has a very medicinal phenolic smell to it as well.

The beer tastes exactly like it smells, but much more intense. Overwhelms the palate with a zing of flavor. Raisins, plums, dark currant. The finish has a bready and yeasty, earthy feel to it. Very funky. It's quite tough to drink. Not quite as delectable as his fellow seamen, the Golden and the Red.

I can finally forget about this beer and hopefully re-acquire my taste for my old favorite belgians, which have been spoiled by one too many mediocre to damn near undrinkable attempts at brewing belgian style ales.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark copper beer with some ruby highlights. Has a big foamy light brown head with some nice lace. A deep sweet aroma of dried fruit dominates with an interesting tabacco note in the background. The flavor is started by a robust dried fruit character. Followed by a roasted malt note with a nice tabacco bit in the background.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dirty burgandy tone. Decent sized light tan head which has good staying power. Lacine is more than adequate. Nose is thick with phenols, cough syrup, sweet dripping candy resin, booze and rum punch. The combination doesn't do too much for me. The taste is quite boozy. Spicy remnants of alcohol linger long after the swallow. Lots of tropical fruits to go around as well. This is a replicate of that heavily spiked punch you sometimes find at the trendy "Mid Winter Luau." It's a little much for me. The mouthfeel is just a tad syrupy. Body is pretty full. More subtlety could do this beer a lot of good.

Thanks for the rum punch cokes.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a white painted bottle with a dank pirate on the label. The beer pours out a darker brown, hazy color, pretty small tan head on the top. Some fruitiness on the nose as well as some sweetness. Very rich taste, caramel malts, spiciness, some fruits, as well as a touch of alcohol that gains prominance as it warms. Nice amount of sweetness. This is quite a tasty and high octane brew, i would recommend it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

little stumpy 11.2 ceramic bottle with blue cap. love the wacky steenberge pirate drawings, would die for a poster of one of these mongoloids for my wall.

this beers aroma is very light with hints of wood and starchy fruits. a stunningly underwhelming odor for a 9% beer. it pours dark, with a slight reddish tinge in the light. thick bubbly head with sticky lacing. still can't believe a beer this hearty has such a miniscule scent!

tastes sweet and smoky. another complex brew (i am getting lucky this week) with significant licorice and some alcohol in the aftertaste. a mystery berry flavor is evident in some sips.. or maybe im just nuts.

paired nicely with swiss milk chocolate squares.

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Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fogged plummy brown with a tall mound of ashen tan.
Scents of grape soda, toffee, dusted chocolate, plastic, and clove.
Stutter-steps in with a nearly enveloping sweetness, cut with phenols of ham, plastic, and clove. The aforementioned sweetness is all about purple grapes, figs, plums, brown sugar, and toffee. Carob and liquorice develop later as this rides into its spiced rum finale. Traces of vanilla and root beer on its last gasps, with clinging brown sugar and grape. Sweet indeed. Though the carbonation helps belittle what would otherwise cloy. It's a full bodied brew, and with the proper sweet-tooth yens, this can be drinkable. On the whole, though, it's a bit lop-sided to merit real praise.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The "black pirate" delivers a lightly hazy, deep mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a creamy tan head that holds exceptionally well and leaves sheets of lace throughout most of the glass. The nose is not as complex as some of the other Boucanier beers, but it's quite welcoming with notes of mild cocoa, bready malt, yeasty fruit, and alcohol (and, unfortunately, -but it's very limited- some acetone). In the mouth it tingles the tongue with a medium body and a moderate but very-fine, natural carbonation; before warming to become lightly creamy. The flavor is richly caramelish and cocoa-ish upfront; although the alcohol is noticeable as well. It's a bit one-sided, but rich; and it lingers in the finish with some yeasty and alcoholic spice as the sticky malt fades and bitterness rises. (Again, some acetone finds it's way in, cutting down on both its flavor and drinkability). At 9% abv it's kind of surprising that the alcohol is as noticeable and warming as it is; but apart from that this is a decent beer!

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In comparison to the Maredsous 8 Bruin, which is a fairly similiar beer, this falls short, this is probably a little yeastier, but also a a little thinner and less interesting. Caramel/toffee, some citrus rind (orange). Alright in the end, but not fave. Slightly spicey aswell, but a bit sticky and short.

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Bière Du Boucanier Dark from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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